Thursday, February 6, 2020

Montessori Way: Instilling Values Early

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Instilling morals and values is one of the focuses of Montessori elementary school education. Children are guided towards appropriate responses to situations, proper social interaction and the importance of honesty and integrity. The process begins in preschool, but it is a continuous process that continues throughout elementary school.

Educating the Whole Child

Your child’s Montessori elementary school is a whole-child learning center. In addition to reading, writing, and arithmetic, children learn social values and practical life experiences that will help them be more successful both in the classroom and the community.

Grace and Courtesy

Grace and courtesy are two aspects of personal values that are introduced early and practiced in many ways every day. It begins with the student guides who at as role models who demonstrate polite behavior such as honesty and kindness and continues through such areas as working together on projects and reaching satisfactory outcomes in personal and social conflicts.

Respecting Self and Others

Learning to show respect for the feelings and property of others is an important step in instilling values in children. This includes developing a healthy sense of self-respect and respect for other people. It teaches children to use empathy in order to understand how their actions affect people they interact with.

Honesty and Integrity

Learning to be honest and open is part of instilling values early. Children learn not to take things they shouldn’t, to share with others, and to react appropriately to the actions of other people. In the Montessori elementary school setting, it helps children interact in an acceptable way even when they are faced with situations they are not comfortable with. When children learn social values at an early age they gain a better understanding of how their actions affect others and learn to accept the undesirable actions of others without emotional outbursts or other unnecessary behavior. By teaching these values at an early age, children are given the tools they need to become an active and involved part of the classroom, the home, and the community.